5 Best St. Louis Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in St. Louis, hiring a flat-fee MLS service can help you increase your listing's visibility without breaking the bank.

The average commission rate for full-service listing agents in the Gateway to the West is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for St. Louis homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $5,340.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in St. Louis are in between $199 and $750. Nationwide, the most basic plans can be as low as $50 to $99, while more comprehensive services range upwards of $1,000 to $3,000.

It's important to remember that every St. Louis flat-fee MLS service is different. When evaluating offerings, be sure to read the fine print: look at things like the length of the listing term (and how much it costs to extend); whether there's a fee to make changes to your listing; how many photos are allowed; the policy on buyer's agent commission; and more.

>> LEARN more about flat-fee MLS services and how to evaluate them.

To help you make the right choice, Clever has picked some of the top flat-fee MLS services across St. Louis.

Top St. Louis Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

Avenue STL

Avenue STL

Price Range

$750 + $500 at close

Number of Photos

24

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Avenue STL is a licensed, St. Louis real estate brokerage that offers a flat-fee MLS listing service
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Home valuation available on website
  • For further listing info, submit your property info on Avenue STL’s website
  • Offers $500 refund if you decide to list with one of Avenue STL’s full-service agents

$750 + $500 at closing - MLS Listing package

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 24 Photos
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Yard sign
  • Lockbox
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Transaction coordinator available for listing assistance


For further listing info, submit your property info on Avenue STL’s website

Pros

  • Unlimited listing changes
  • 24 photos in base package
  • Offers $500 refund if you decide to list with one of Avenue STL’s full-service agents
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Home valuation available on website

Cons

  • Only one package — no budget option
  • $500 fee due at close
  • No built-in market analysis
  • Listing/Pricing info not readily available on website

As of July 31, 2020, Avenue STL has an average rating of 4.6/5 based on 161 reviews across Google, Yelp, and Facebook.

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BuySelf Realty

BuySelf Realty

Price Range

$199-499

Number of Photos

8-35

Listing Term

3-18 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • BuySelf Realty is a licensed, real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services in Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, Maryland, Tennessee, Missouri, and Virginia
  • No cancellation fee
  • Free listing changes
  • Retain right to FSBO
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • A-la-carte services include showing scheduling, professional photography, lockboxes, signs, and more
$199 - Economy Package
  • 3-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 8 Photos
  • Required disclosures, purchase agreements, and addenda
  • No cancellation fee
  • Free listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
$299 - Standard Package
  • Same as Economy Package, plus:
  • 7-month listing on MLS
  • 25 Photos
  • Lockbox
  • Yard sign
$499 - Total Package
  • Same as Standard Package, plus:
  • 18-month listing on MLS
  • 35 photos
  • A-la-carte services include showing scheduling, professional photography, lockboxes, signs, and more
  • Pricing differs for Kansas City, Springfield, and southern Missouri; see full site for details

Pros

  • No cancellation fee
  • Free listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you

Cons

  • Only 8 photos in base package
  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis

As of August 1, 2020, BuySelf Realty has an average rating of 4.9/5 based on 253 reviews across Google and Facebook.

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Flat Fee Guy

Flat Fee Guy

Price Range

$99-798.97

Number of Photos

36

Listing Term

6-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Guy is a licensed, real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services in Missouri and Kansas
  • Listing live within 1-2 business days
  • Yard sign and lockbox provided
  • Service has been reconfigured for remote consultations and distancing
  • Website offers unclear information regarding services and pricing
$99/month - Flat Fee Monthly
  • Listed valid on MLS for 12 months, paid monthly
  • Syndicated to Local MLS and Realtor.com
  • Listing live within 1-2 business days
  • 36 photos
  • Yard sign and lockbox provided

$399 + 0.33% at closing - Flat Fee Optimizer
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • Listed for 12 months
  • Showing service
  • Negotiating assistance
  • Marketing materials
$299 - Flat Fee Basic
  • Same as Monthly package, but:
  • Single upfront fee
  • Listed for 6 months

$699 - Flat Fee Maximizer
  • Same as Optimizer package, plus:
  • No closing fee

$798.97 - Flat Fee Advertiser
  • Same as Maximizer package, plus:
  • “Additional advertising”


Pros

  • 36 photos in base package
  • Service has been reconfigured for remote consultations and distancing

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis
  • Website offers unclear information regarding services and pricing

As of August 12, 2020, Flat Fee Guy has an average rating of 2.3/5 based on 3 reviews on Google and an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.

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Lauralei Properties

Lauralei Properties

Price Range

$199+

Number of Photos

35

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Lauralei Properties is a licensed real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS services in St. Louis and the surrounding areas
  • You choose the buyer’s commission and pay no commission if you find the buyer ($99 transaction fee)
  • Buyer and agent inquires forwarded directly to you
  • Free comparative market analysis (CMA) available upon request
  • Free listing changes
  • Offers a variety of additional, a-la-carte options including paperwork assistance, lockbox, showing support, and more

$199

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 35 Photos
  • Open house listing on MLS
  • CMA (available upon request)
  • Printable flyer


Available a-la-carte services and packages include: yard sign, ShowingTime, lockbox, paperwork assistance, and more

Pros

  • Work directly with a local broker, not a referral service
  • Free CMA
  • Free listing changes
  • Buyer and agent inquires forwarded directly to you

Cons

  • $99 transaction fee if you find your own buyer
  • 6-month listing term is the only option

As of August 17, 2020, Lauralei Properties has an average rating of 4.9/5 based on 60 reviews across Google and Zillow.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in St. Louis

Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$199

Number of Photos

6

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Realty is a nationwide flat-fee MLS referral service, licensed in Connecticut, that connects you with Missouri brokers and agents who will list your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • You set buyer’s agent commission
  • MLS photo upgrade available for $50
  • State disclosures and forms available
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Refund available within 30 days of purchase

$199 - MLS Listing package

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 6 Photos
  • Free state disclosures
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • No cancellation fee
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you


MLS photo upgrade available for $50

Pros

  • Unlimited listing changes
  • No cancellation fee
  • Free state disclosures
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Refund available within 30 days of purchase

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis
  • Limited coverage in rural areas

As of August 11, 2020, no third-party reviews exist for Flat Fee Realty. We will update when this information becomes available.

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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in St. Louis

The St. Louis real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 2.2% over the past year and is expected to increase by 3.8% in the next year. To realize your home's full value (or ideally more), it's important to weigh all of your options for selling before making a final decision.

Quick Tip: Don't let upfront "savings" cost you thousands when you sell your home...

Yes, a flat-fee MLS service can save you money on commission — if you know what you're doing. However, homes listed "For Sale By Owner" with an MLS service typically sell for thousands less than agent-assisted homes. 

Plus, there's no guarantee your home actually sells. Since flat-fee MLS services are paid upfront, that means you're out the hundreds of dollars you already spent. 

The Alternative: List with Clever and get a top agent for a reduced rate. 

At Clever, our free service connects you to top-rated agents from name brands like Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Century 21, and more — full-service agents with a proven record of selling fast, for top dollar. 

You pay $0 upfront. So if you don't see the value when you talk to an agent, you're free to walk away. No strings attached. But if you do decide to work with any agent, you'll also get an exclusive low rate — a flat $3,000 or a reduced commission of just 1%.